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THE BIG DIG

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THE BIG DIG - Brookfield Town Hall


big dig photoThe fifth and sixth graders gathered in the Town Hall for an orientation, which explained the three learning stations inside, and the outdoor excavation area. Rotating with mixed grade teams throughout the stations every 20 minutes allowed all children to experience a wide variety of learning.

Inside the Town Hall, Jackie Wilder and Ellen Cole presented two different Brookfield Historical Society Stations that explained how textiles, clothing, and also books are preserved and curated. John Roe, represented the Brookfield Town Hall Partnership, at the third station, and explained the "ins and outs" of building preservation and how the partnership applied for federal and state grants. He also, explained the importance for local communities to preserve their history and historic buildings.

John Roe showing future plans and preservation models for the Brookfield Town Hall.
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An early auction of the Brookfield Free Public Library, probably between 1904 and 1910, lower floor of the old Town Hall. Counterclockwise, starting with auctioneer Clarence Clark, George B.J. Hall, Sophia E. Follansbee and John B. Perham. Standing in the rear, Mary P. Ralph with Louise M. Bigelow on her right. (Courtesy Brookfield Historical Society)
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Jackie Wilder, Curator at the Marvin Newton House showing 19th c. clothing that has been preserved by the Society. Key to her talk was the "how to's" of textile and clothing preservation.
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John Roe showing future plans and preservation models for the Brookfield Town Hall.
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Ellen Cole showing a collection of papers and books that are held by the Historical Society.
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The outside held the fourth station, which was the excavation of the foundation area, along the south side of the Town Hall. Carol Ferris Liasson, of Harvard University's School of Museum Studies, a museologist and who also holds an undergraduate degree in archaeology, supervised the "Big Dig" with assistance by Charlie Herzog and Cara Liasson. Both local and state newspapers covered the "Big Dig", and many townspeople came to watch the event.

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The children leave the "Big Dig" site— ready to tackle the final step of cleaning and preserving their uncovered past.
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It was with great excitement that we uncovered treasures from Brookfield's past; and in a format that allowed the children a hands-on experience, while creating a solid contextual framework for history learning, and one in which to correctly place the objects they had found.